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Slow Cooker Beer Chili Recipe

Slow Cooker Beer Chili

Yay! It’s fall again. It’s MY favorite time of the year. We can finally cool off from those extremely hot days of summer but it’s not yet so cold that I don’t want to be outside. This past weekend we went camping at Boy Scout camp for their annual Cub Scout Family Camp. We had a great time and the weather couldn’t be much more gorgeous! It was in the upper 40s at night and I don’t believe it reached 70 during the day. I was comfortable running  waddling around in jeans and a long sleeved t-shirt during the day.

I knew I was going to be completely wiped out come Sunday so I wanted to be able to throw dinner in a slow cooker as soon as we got home in the morning (when I still had a little energy) and have it just be ready at dinner. I decided I wanted to try a slow cooker beer chili recipe. One of my strange pregnancy cravings is beer. Since I can’t drink it, I figured I’d add it to some food.

Beer Chili

Slow Cooker Beer Chili Recipe


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder I would use less if your kids don't like spicy
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can garbonzo beans
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 12 ounce bottle of beer (I used Budweiser)


  1. Brown beef with onion and cook until meat is done and onion is tender.
  2. Drain grease off of meat.
  3. Combine meat with remaining ingredients in a slow cooker
  4. Cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, and cornbread and any other toppings you may like.
About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. YUM! I’ll definitely add this to my menu soon! Thanks!

  2. Adding this to my meal planner for next week!

  3. Looks delicious and comforting. Thank you for the recipe!

  4. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I would try it with beer. I am not a huge fan of beer but I can handle it in cooking. I use it with pork sometime. I love chili and its that time of year when i start making it more. Will keep this recipe to try next time I make it.

  5. I need to try this! We are chili fanatics here and are always trying new recipes.

  6. It’s chili season, pinning this one for later!

  7. shelly peterson says:

    this sounds really good especially with the colder weather kicking in. I’m always looking for a good slow cooker recipe.

  8. This looks so good, Paula! We love making chili. 🙂

  9. Do you wash and drain all the cans of beans?

  10. I love chili and this recipe sounds super! I don’t like to drink beer, but it can be dynamite in recipes!!